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Sir Jonathan North Community College

Sir Jonathan North Community College

Mathematics

Overview

At Sir Jonathan North the progress of each and every individual student is very important to us. The schemes of work enable all students to have a varied and interesting experience in Mathematics, with differentiated activities in every teaching unit.

Students are encouraged to be creative and flexible in their approach to learning and the teaching team cater well for the needs of students of all abilities.

“It is rewarding to face a challenge in maths and succeed; it gives you a sense of achievement.”

(Y9 Student)

“The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.”

Paul Halmos

KS3

Maths is taught in three broad ability bands, which are set from entry in Year 7. Students can be moved between groupings during their time at College. During Year 7 students have 4 lessons per week and in Years 8 and 9 students have 3 lessons per week.

A weekly lunchtime ‘Maths Surgery’ is offered to all KS3 students to provide assistance with homework and revision for exams. Over the year there are two numeracy weeks when the Learning Resources Centre run activities and competitions across the College. Students in Years 7 and 8 will also complete numeracy activities during their tutor time.

Year 8 students who are recognised as Gifted and Talented are entered for the Maths Challenge, a national competition organised by Leeds University. Year 9 students have the opportunity to take part in the Numeracy Leaders’ Programme, which gives students additional responsibilities throughout the College and the opportunity to help others with their Numeracy. This in turn develops their confidence and understanding of numeracy.

Programme of Study

Year 7

  • Whole number and decimals
  • Measures, perimeter and area
  • Expressions and formulae
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Angles and 2D shapes
  • Graphs
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Statistics
  • Transformations
  • Equations
  • Factors and multiples
  • Constructions and 3D solids
  • Multiplication and division
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Everyday maths
  • Probability

Year 8

  • Whole number and decimals
  • Measures, perimeter and area
  • Expressions and formulae
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Angles and 2D shapes
  • Graphs
  • Whole number and decimals
  • Measures, perimeter and area
  • Expressions and formulae
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Angles and 2D shapes
  • 3D solids
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Everyday maths
  • Probability

Year 9

  • Whole number and decimals
  • Measures and area
  • Formulae
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Graphs
  • Handling data
  • Expressions
  • Angles and polygons
  • Problem solving week
  • Formulae and functions

GCSE

“One should study mathematics simply because it helps to arrange one’s ideas.” 

M. W. Lomonossow

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with the problem longer.” 

Albert Einstein

Mathematics has many more uses than you might think. It is more than a subject in its own right – it supports learning in the Sciences, Humanities and Arts. The skills learnt within Mathematics can lead to a wide range of careers and courses beyond GCSE.

The new GCSE syllabus requires students to:

  • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:
    • Number
    • Algebra
    • Ratio, Proportion and rates of change
    • Geometry and measures
    • Statistics
    • Probability
  • Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts
  • Be able to apply the functional elements of mathematics to solve problems in real-life situations.

During the course students:

  • Read, write and talk about mathematics in a variety of ways
  • Carry out calculations and understand the significance of the results
  • Solve problems by presenting clear, logical solutions, checking and interpreting their findings
  • Work individually and co-operatively on work of an investigative nature.

A calculator is essential throughout the course and each student requires their own. At the beginning of the course the College advises which scientific calculator is most suitable and they can be obtained through the College Maths Shop.

Programme of Study

Year 10

  • Formulae and functions
  • Working in 2D
  • Measures and accuracy
  • Equations and inequalities
  • Circles and constructions
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Factors powers and roots
  • Graphs 1
  • Working in 3D
  • Handling data

Year 11

  • Calculations 2
  • Graphs 2
  • Pythagoras
  • Trignometry
  • Vectors (higher only)
  • The probability of combined events
  • Sequences
  • Units and proportionality

Useful Resources

Kerboodle

Each student has her own ID and password. This site contains a full copy of the KS3 – MyMaths Class textbooks and the KS4 GCSE textbooks and homework books.

MyMaths

Each student has her own ID and password. This site has lessons and homework task for each topic at both KS3 and GCSE. It is also directly linked to the Kerboodle textbooks.

Hegarty Maths

Each student has her own ID and password. This site is used for homework and revision; tasks will be set regularly and monitored by the class teacher.

Other useful sites:

Corbett Maths 
Mr Bartonmaths
BBC Bite Sized Maths
Times table rock stars
Sumdog

Top Tips

Be positive about maths. Don't say things like "I can’t do maths" or "I hated maths at school"; your child might start to think like that themselves.

Make sure that your daughter has the equipment to complete her homework and revision:

  • A quiet space

  • A ‘workbox’ of pens, paper and other necessities

  • Protractor, compasses, calculator

Help your daughter with her HegartyMaths homework.

  • Watch the video together

  • Encourage her to set the working out fully in the back of her book when she does the quiz.